Archive for the 'GOOD NEWS' Category

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Celebrating Philly Public Swimming Pools!

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

It’s a busy time for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation: Starting last Friday and continuing through this week, all 70 of Philly’s public pools either have opened or will be soon. This is good news on a few fronts — the main one being that pools are opening this year without threat of not being funded, […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: VINYL, Once Again Being Made In The Philly Area!

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Ask any indie band dude you know: Having your record pressed on vinyl is one of the greatest rewards a musician can experience. It is validating in this ephemeral way, to know that your tunes have been entered into this grand global library and system of collection that, among music formats, only vinyl has ever […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Ralph Brooks Park, Help Is On The Way!

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Just about each week, it seems like news of one benefit show or another is crossing our desks. And while they are uniformly for good causes — unless it’s your band’s Kickstarter, that is lame, stop doing that — a lot of them don’t always raise a ton of money for the objects of their […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: The Notebook Celebrates 20 Years Of Insanely Painful Philly Schools Headaches

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

It’s probably safe to say that Philadelphia’s schools system has been one kind of trouble or another longer than you or I have been alive. Even so, it’s incredible to think that The Notebook has been around since 1994 to chronicle the mess; the things they’ve seen, no doubt, would make the hair on the […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Philly’s Unemployment Rate Drops To Lowest Point Since May 2008

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

We’re starting to get releases like this one more and more, and that is a good thing: A press release came our way today that said U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary data puts the unemployment rate in Philadelphia in April at 6.8%, down 3.3% from April 2013 and the lowest since May 2008. The […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Philly Is One Of Seven US2020 City Competition Winners

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

It was announced today that Philadelphia is one of seven winning cities in the US2020 City Competition — “a national competition to encourage youth mentorship in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the White House Science Fair” — which “aims to increase the number of girls and boys engaged in STEM.” Mayor Nutter said […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Federal Judge Throws Pennsylvania’s Gay Marriage Ban Into “The Ash Heap Of History”

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

The case of Whitewood v. Wolf, one of seven same-sex marriage cases under consideration by courts in Pennsylvania, has been ruled upon, and that ruling is that a same-sex marriage ban is “unconstitutional.” The conclusion of the decision, which can be read in full here (and was written by Judge John E. Jones of the […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: The Knight Foundation Just Awarded $780K To 19 Phila Arts Groups

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — for some local arts groups, that is, as notices from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation just went out. Building on the momentum begun with the Knight Arts Challenge, a crowd-sourced run of grants that helped out no less than 114 arts groups from […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Mayor Nutter Issues Executive Order To Raise Minimum Wage For City Workers

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

As this year’s primary election approaches, and the ballot for that election contains a minimum wage ballot question, Mayor Nutter is already supporting a raised minimum wage by raising the minimum wage. According to The Inquirer, “Mayor Nutter is expected to sign an Executive Order on Tuesday that will raise the minimum wage requirement in […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Spring Cleanup Breaks Records, Just Like Last Year Did

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

It seems like every year, as the Philly Spring Cleanup numbers are released, we’re surpassing all of the records from each previous year. And this year’s edition, the 7th annual, was no differet. Spring Cleanup this year featured, by the numbers: >>> 569 registered projects >>> 14,225 volunteers — new record >>> 970,940 pounds of […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: This Time Next Year, PA Could Catch Up To Afghanistan When It Comes To Women In Office

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Oh no. This will not do. This will not do at all. That’s not a joke, actually. As it stands today, women in the PA state legislature constitute just 17.8% of currently occupied seats; over in Afghanistan, women make up 28% of the parliament. And to what good? Harrisburg is a sausage-party-informed catalog of failure, […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Nutter Announces New Tech Grants For Start Ups, Because This Is Tech Day Apparently

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Yesterday, just like the yesterday-ish of last year, brought an announcement from Mayor Nutter about this year’s StartupPHL Call For Ideas Grant winners. Last year’s winners, which included Ben Franklin Technology Partners/Campus Philly and VentureForth, were awarded a total of around $120,000 split amongst six winners. This year’s winners will be splitting about $124,000 between […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: $25 Wilma Theater Tickets… Forever?

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

The Inky broke the news yesterday that the Wilma Theater, ever mindful of the widening gap between what they used to call the “high arts” and, well, everyone else, is seeing fit to reduce the bulk of its tickets to around 25 bucks, for the forseeable future. How do they do it? Rich guys! Philanthropist/actor […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: The Globetrotters Will Actually Put Local High Schooler With Down Syndrome In The Game

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Bensalem High School senior Kevin Grow, who has Down syndrome, became famous a little bit ago when his coach put him in his HS team’s penultimate basketball game and he promptly sunk four out of five three pointers in under two minutes. It was a moment of not only heartwarming optimism, but true shooting prowess […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: It’s Free Tree Time

Friday, February 21st, 2014

It’s that time of year again, when the Tree Philly program just gives away all of these great trees to make your sidewalk or yard a little greener. Yesterday at Love Park, a Spokes-Tree — really — said “From our highest branches to the tips of our roots, we trees got nothing but love for […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Philly Mag’s Adrienne Simpson Wins NAACP Image Awards Hometown Champion Prize

Monday, February 10th, 2014

When that whole “Being White In Philly” bullshit all went down — yeah, we bet you almost forgot about that didn’t you — Adrienne Simpson was an important voice. As the only full-time black employee at Philadelphia Magazine when the story was published, Simpson’s op-ed rebuttal became a very essential part of a conversation we […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Ladies Love Cool Brian Sims

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Friend of the Philebs and State Representative Brian Sims has been working tirelessly in his first term to get everything done he possibly can. It’s pretty admirable, and we’re not the only ones admiring it, because next Tuesday Sims will receive the “Champion of Choice” award from NARAL Pro-Choice America. According to a press release, […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: East Passyunk “Gateway” Will Turn Boring Concrete Slab Into Interesting Concrete Slab

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Rendering by Studio Bryan Hanes, via Passyunk Post, and featuring a woman who walked very far from Macy’s Here at the Philebs, you’ll very rarely hear us decrying any kind of public space project, and that new one rendered above is not an exception. Over at Broad and Passyunk, on a triangle of pavement that […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: PFS Theater At The Roxy Is Opening Tomorrow

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Hey, did you want to see Saving Mr. Banks or The Wolf of Wall Street right in Center City? Well just wait a few days you impatient animal, and you can see them both at the Roxy. From a press release: The PFS Theater at the Roxy will officially open its doors to moviegoers on […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Killadelphia Be Gone

Monday, December 16th, 2013

From your old pal/vibe sherpa Vernon Odom: Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey tells us, “We’re on pace to have the lowest number of murders in this city since 1967.” Now, who knows, right? Who knows how the popo cooks these numbers, who knows if some megaviolent outburst currently awaits us, who knows what kind of […]